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Lieutenant Colonel Craig Roberts, USA, began his military career when he enlisted in the US Marines.  In 1965, then PFC Roberts spent 11 months in various capacities and operations as an 0311 (infantryman) in the areas south and southwest of Da Nang, RVN.  Wounded in action and eventually medevaced back to the States, Craig Roberts was eventually transferred to the Temporary Disability Retired List (TDRL) and remained there until medical findings on injuries determined that he would be discharged. Removal from TDRL and discharge occurred on 28 February, 1968.

 

In 1972, Craig Roberts enlisted in the Oklahoma Army National Guard (who would waive his Marine Corps Disability rating) as a SP4, where he served in the Scout Platoon, 1/279 Infantry, as a sniper and later, after being promoted to sergeant, served as a squad leader and sniper instructor. After being promoted to Staff Sergeant, he was eventually selected for Officer Candidate School. Over the next 24 years he would serve in various officer capacities from Rifle Platoon Leader, Scout Platoon Leader, Officer Candidate Tactical Officer, Rifle Company Executive Officer, Detachment Commander, and Company Commander, to Battalion S-2 and S3 (Air).

In 1985, Craig Roberts transferred to the Army Reserve (95th Division) and served in various battalion and division assignments. In 1987, he transferred to the IRR to obtain a Major's slot and began working as a tactical intelligence officer out of ARPERCEN, attached to the 138th Tactical Fighter Group. His military officer schooling included Officer Candidate School, Infantry Officer Basic Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Air-Ground Operations School (Intel) and Command and General Staff College of the US Army.  Roberts retired in 1999 as a lieutenant colonel, Infantry/Air Operations (11A5U). His last 12 years were working as the Ground Liaison Officer in the Intelligence Section of the 138th Tactical Fighter Group.

 

Craig Roberts non-military career also involved service.  He joined the Tulsa Police Department in August, 1969. Two years later he joined the TAC Squad, which was Tulsa's first special operations team. Roberts was selected for his Vietnam combat experience and his training as a sniper and with explosives. He attended Bomb Disposal School in Dade County, Florida and was one of three department bomb technicians.

In 1978 Roberts transferred to Police Community Relations where he served for three years as one of the department's public relations officers, giving lectures to organizations and schools. By 1981 he had become the department's "Press Release Officer" and had extensive contact with reporters from the media, both print and television.  In 1982 Roberts transferred to the helicopter unit and became its maintenance director. He also served as one of Tulsa Police Department's patrol pilots. Roberts retired from the department in March, 1996.

 

Lieutenant Colonel Craig Roberts is the author of: Kill Zone: A Sniper Looks at Dealey Plaza; The Medusa File: Secret Crimes and Coverups of the U. S. Government; Combat Medic: Vietnam; JFK: Dead Witness; Police Sniper; Doorway to Hell: Disaster in Somalia; Improbable Cause; The Dragunov Solution; The Hind Heist; and, Hellhound. He is also the co-author of One Shot One Kill and The Walking Dead: A Marine's Story of Vietnam.

According to the book description of Crosshairs on the Kill Zone: American Combat Snipers, Vietnam through Operation Iraqi Freedom, “From the authors of the classic sniper chronicle One Shot-One Kill comes a new generation of true tales from some of the most expert and deadly marksmen in the world. Meet Adelbert Waldron II, whose 109 confirmed kills in Vietnam made him the most successful sniper in American military history, and Tom "Moose" Ferran, who coined the term "Fetch!", whereupon the infantry would retrieve the sniper's dead quarry. Also included are stories from snipers in Beirut, the Bosnian conflict, and both wars with Iraq -- including the feat of Sergeants Joshua Hamblin and Owen Mulder, who took down thirty-two enemy soldiers in a single day outside Baghdad in 2003.

 

The military sniper has evolved into one of the most dangerous and highly-skilled warrior professions. They suffer through weather, terrain, and enemy action, lay unmoving for days on end, and take out their targets with unerring accuracy -- proving that the deadliest weapon in any battle, anywhere in the world, is a single well-aimed shot.”

The Walking Dead: A Marine's Story of Vietnam, “in constant danger, they flushed the enemy from tunnels and rat traps; defused lethal mines, punji pits, and trip wires; and scored countless hits in ambushes, sweeps, and all-out firefights. From booby-trapped villages to battles at Cam Ne, Le Son, the Phong Le Bridge, and in "Operation Starlight," they shared incredible risks, comradeship, and pride. Now Roberts tells the gripping tale of their war.

 

Shot down and rescued, wounded in action, Roberts survived against fantastic odds and served as an automatic rifleman, recon leader, sniper, and as an advisor to a Combined Action Company of ARVN Rangers. Transformed from an ordinary nineteen-year-old into a deadly killer, he was the recipient of ten decorations, including two Purple Hearts, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, and a Combat Action Ribbon. His memoir is a story of extraordinary challenges met for honor, freedom, and the Corps.”

According to one reader of Combat Medic: Vietnam it, “is a solid military story. Its 33 chapters are devoted to some 10 Army and Marine medics who served in Vietnam. While "CM" pulls no punches, neither does it belabor or drag the episodes out. Each episode, told in the first person "tells it like it was" and moves on. The result is a highly compact and readable tale with no gratuitous gore and suffering. To the credit of the men involved, there is also no trace of self-pity though the Lord knows they were well entitled on that score. The Afterward reveals what became of the 10 when they returned to "The World"- more power to them all! I enjoyed the Appendix, which encompasses a brief world history of military medics both U.S. and foreign. "CM" has 2 minor flaws common to military books: There are no maps and no glossary of Army/Marine/Navy acronyms or jargon. Their inclusion would have helped. Their exclusion does not detract from the larger story. "CM" represents yet another view, another observation post into the Vietnam War. Both "Combat Medic" and author Roberts earlier work, "One Shot-One Kill" are highly and earnestly recommended.”

According to the book description of Doorway to Hell: Disaster in Somalia, “Most of Somalia--outside of Mogadishu, was secured. Then something went drastically wrong...The mission was to feed the hungry, cure the sick, and bring peace to a country in anarchy. No formal government or organized infrastructure existed in this fourth world country governed by war lords and their armed bands of "gunmen." Operations "Restore Hope" and "Continue Hope" were planned and implemented to bring order to chaos. Unfortunately, what should have been a victory for the United Nations deteriorated into a humiliating defeat of massive proportions. Why did an American administration--and Congress--allow under-armed U.S. forces to be committed to an open-ended mission of "nation building" under the direction of the U.N. which was an entirely different mission than that of saving starving people?”

According to the book description of The Hind Heist, it is a “fast-paced and gripping thriller that takes place in the 1980s. A group of colorful characters are drawn to an ad in a mercenary magazine that offers a million dollars to anyone who can steal or produce a Russian Mi-24 "Hind" helicopter gunship to the magazine's owner. The group, consisting of a soon-to-retire police helicopter pilot, a former Vietnam Green Beret, a Spanish-speaking school teacher, and a washed up helicopter mechanic, discover that there are 34 Hind's, all within reach, only a few hours flying time from Los Angeles: in Nicaragua! All they had to do was get to Guatemala, cross the border after a jungle trek through hostile terrain, get into a heavily guarded air base, get into a Hind and get it started, then escape and evade pursuit long enough to cross the border back into Guatemala--or somewhere.”


Kill Zone: A Sniper Looks at Dealey Plaza
Craig Roberts  More Info

Crosshairs on the Kill Zone: American Combat Snipers, Vietnam through Operation Iraqi Freedom
Craig Roberts  More Info

One Shot One Kill
Charles W. Sasser  More Info

Combat Medic: Vietnam: Combat Medic: Vietnam
Craig Roberts  More Info

The Medusa File: Secret Crimes and Coverups of the U. S. Government
Craig Roberts  More Info

The Walking Dead
Craig Roberts  More Info
JFK : The Dead Witnesses
Craig Roberts  More Info
Doorway to Hell: Disaster in Somalia
Ed Wheeler  More Info
The Dragunov Solution
Craig Roberts  More Info
Hellhound
Craig Roberts  More Info

According to one reader of Kill Zone: A Sniper Looks at Dealey Plaza, “If you want to understand what really happened on this blackest day of American history, you simply must read this book. The chances are it will go quickly for you. I ordered the book through Amazon and found it on my door step on a Saturday evening. The following morning at 1:30am, I turned the final page of the narrative with the assurance that I finally understood what really happened on November 22, 1963 and, most importantly, why.

 

In particular, I was intrigued that the author was led to investigate the facts through his warrior instincts and that his investigation led far beyond the scope of what he originally thought to be an unsolved murder. The trail of this investigation leads beyond the Mafia, the CIA, the FBI, the US military, and all of the usual suspects right up to the small group of extraordinarily powerful men who truly control this world.”

According to the book description of One Shot One Kill, “They are the lone wolves of the battlefield. Tracking the enemy, lying in wait for the target to appear -- then they shoot to kill. Armed with an unerring eye, infinite patience and a mastery of camouflage, combat snipers stalk the enemy with only one goal.

 

In World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Beirut, American snipers honed the art of delivering a single deadly shot from nowhere -- and devastating enemy morale. They met the enemy on his own turf, picking off officers, unwary soldiers, and even other snipers from extraordinary distances of up to 1 ½ miles. Now, these uncommon men tell their stories: of the emotions felt when a man's face came into their crosshairs and they pulled the trigger, of the nerve-wracking hours and days of waiting, motionless, for the enemy, of the primal savagery of a sniper duel.

 

Often trained haphazardly in wartime, and forgotten in times of peace, combat snipers were officially recognized after the Vietnam War, when the Marine Corps became the first military branch to start a full-time sniper school. One Shot-One Kill is their powerful record of desperate trials and proud victories.”

According to one reader of The Medusa File: Secret Crimes and Coverups of the U. S. Government, “Craig Roberts follows his wonderful success, "Kill Zone, A Sniper Looks at Dealey Plaza", with this excellent description of many of the covert conspirational activities of our federal government. Like his above mentioned book, this is a read that you will probably have a hard time putting down after first beginning it. The information is important, well researched, and extraordinarily relevant to our current situation. To Craig Roberts, once again, "Bravo Zulu!”

According to the book description of Police Sniper, “When a desperate criminal takes innocent hostages, police SWAT teams must walk a tightrope of stress. Patience, negotiations, and prayer often fail in the face of an irrational killer--that's when the deadly cool of the police sniper must put an end to the terror. But the sniper gets just one chance--one squeeze of the trigger--and a miss can be more fatal than a direct hit, costing innocent lives. American's elite corps of police sharpshooters has kept closed ranks until now. Police Sniper captures the tension of duty on the front lnes of today's urban hostage crises. With gripping firsthand accounts of actual hostage sieges, Police Sniper takes us to the charged scenes of police stakeouts. With the snipers, we squint through rifle scopes directly into the eyes of frantic captors...feel the wrenching terror of their victims...and witness the combination of steel nerves, razor-sharp focus, and pure adrenaline police snipers summon to carry out their missions. Police Sniper resonates with the peril of today's headlines”

According to the book description of Improbable Cause, “The mysterious crash of Arrow Air in Gander, Newfoundland. On December 12, 1985, a chartered DC-8 carrying 248 troops from the 101st Airborne Division, returning from the Middle East, went down in a ball of flame shortly after takeoff.”

 

According to the book description of The Dragunov Solution, it is “a ripping tale of sniper-verses-sniper in the hell that was Vietnam in 1968 (Fiction). This was Craig Roberts' first novel and draws heavily on his experiences as a Marine in Vietnam.”

According to the book description of The Airborne Terrorist Attack on the United States written BEFORE 9/11, “This is Craig Roberts' first novel, and it's a "must read" for adventure fans. This has the plausibility of Clancy's "The Sum of All Fears" coupled with the sobering reality of how vulnerable we are in a free society. Craig's many years of experience as a Police Officer are evident in the realism of the scenario. Written as only a Police Helicopter Pilot could write it, this is the story of an enraged Saddam Hussein's attempt to even the score for his crushing defeat in the Gulf War. Muslim extremists flying a stolen 'state of the art' Russian attack helicopter attempt the ultimate act of terrorism. The characters are human and believable, and the plot will make the cold chills run up and down your spine. If you like Tom Clancy, you'll love this one!”

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